N: The previous Dimple WB was a ‘right-off’ but we are back on track with this bottle. Fruity, seasoned [ground pepper>pinch of salt] malt, rather G&M in style - that familiar, generic [yep] yet comfortingly moorish scotch smell from the [60’s &70’s] era. Sweet [wheat] cereal now with a tart apple and rhubarb pie, a little custard, vanilla essence, biscuity-nutty oak, old-leathery maltiness, fresh-onion relish [pleased with that note], egg-whites/meringue, crystallised & stewed ginger,…. It’s a nose with general ‘scotch’ appeal, although far more beefy and edgy that by todays ‘clean’/sanitised’ fayre.
T: Soft attack, but attack it does, like its snappy and irritated [passive aggressive]. Even with water there’s only a slight improvement. Fresh malt develops as the agitation subsides but with an industrial metallicness [OBE?]
F: The finish is where the chew and the mouthfeel form, leading to a moderately pleasing liquorice-fresh, malty, chocolate-milk chew.
C: The palate is the weak link but concentrate on the qualities either side for the plus points, and theres much to be gleaned from this old blend. I’m in the mood for another Dimple now. Lets try the 15yo WB.
Scores a D+